Monday, June 23, 2014

Trout Tails - June 23, 2014

A couple weeks ago, my TU Chapter (Doc Fritchey TU) held its annual Home Waters Veteran's Fishing Day along Clarks Creek in Harrisburg.  It is great to be able to give back to those who have given so much for us.  As always, everyone had a great time, and I think this year topped the charts when it came to fish caught.  Seemed like everyone caught fish all day long! Looking forward to next year's event already, and I know some of the Vets are too!  Special thanks to DFTU president Ed O'Gorman for opening up his property again, Applebees for catering, and all the DFTU members for all the work it takes to pull this off.  Also, Karl Lutz and PFBC for their support, and especially all the Veterans in attendance!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Trout Tails - June 2, 2014

 With warmer weather finally arriving, I've been out several times a week and haven't really had a chance to update.  May was a busy month, and June is looking good!  Brad and I floated Big Pine the first week of May, but the majority of the month has been spent chasing wild fish in the mountains.  This is the time of year I like to channel my inner hermit and what I like to call "blue-lining", picking a stream off a map that looks fairly inaccessible, that looks like it would hold fish, and disappearing into the mountains searching for wild fish with zero human contact.  Steep hikes, rattlesnakes, and challenging casting on a lot of the streams I fish, usually make this an easy task to accomplish.  Also, while I enjoy catching monster trout as much as the next guy, there is something about a 10 inch brookie on a zero weight rod that is hard to beat, plus you never know what you are going to see!  I'll never understand why some guys just don't get it, but I'm ok with that ;) 

Ice Damage on Big Pine from this Winter.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Trout Tails - April 21, 2014

Brad and I headed up to the Little J. Thursday for a couple days to try and hit the grannoms.  Seems like everything is going to be behind this year.  Only saw a few grannoms, some olives, and a few hendricksons (no, really there were hendricksons on the LJ!).  Almost zero dry fly action, had to nymph them up from the depths, more weight the better.  Fish came to the net, but you had to work a bit for them, especially friday afternoon.  It was good to fish without the guides icing for a change!  Seems like spring is finally here.  I'm sure the hatches will be going strong soon.  Saw a pile a stone flies last week on the Loyalsock and the olives and caddis have been on spring for a couple weeks now too.  Also hearing reports of black stones on Penns.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Trout Tails - April 7, 2014

This weekend was the weekend of extremes when it came to weather.  Brad and I floated Big Pine on Friday.  Started the day off, dropping a vehicle at our take out.  The road already had about 8 inches of water on it and was about half way up the tires, but we made it through ok.  After dropping a vehicle, we headed about 12 miles upstream to the put in.  Water was way up, and there is still glaciers on the banks the size of cars.  We fished for a couple hours, but the high, cold water made the bite non-existent!  The 20 mph head wind also made casting and floating more than difficult.  After a couple hours, the sky began to darken and we decided it would be best to just get after the oars and row the last 8 miles back to the car.  About a mile from the car, the rain let loose.  By the time we got back to the car, the road had about a foot or more of water on it.  We ran up to get my car and trailer and had an interesting time getting the boat on the trailer.  Water was about up to the floor boards by the time we left, still pulling debris off the frame of the car. 

With the nice weather Sunday, decided to give it another go on the Clarion.  Met Chase and Kris early in the morning and we floated for about 5 hours.  Air temps were in the low 20s in the morning, but reached 50 by early afternoon.  Water looked great, but we only boated two fish, both pretty nice ones though.  Guess the water is still just too cold to really get anything has to break soon!  Definitely a nicer day on the water than Friday though!  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Trout Tails - March 27, 2014

Our annual TU Banquet a few weeks ago reminded me of a slide show I had made a couple years ago, and I thought I would share for anyone who was interested.

A few years back, I was honored to receive my TU chapter's net for the year.  This is something we do annually.  The chapter member who has the net documents where it has been that year and reports back at the annual banquet, then passes it on to another member.  The year I had it was both great and tragic, as we lost a valued member and friend, Frank Viozzi.  Since our net was starting to show the years, I couldn't think of a better way to honor my/our friend than having Fisknat make a new net, dedicated to Frank, so he could continue to fish with us.  This is my slide show presentation from the banquet that year. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Trout Tails - March 24, 2014

Brad and I met up with my buddy Todd from Allegheny River Fly Fishing Co. on friday to float the Clarion.  Fishing was slow and we only boated one fish, but it was nice to finally get out and float!  Hope to get back this weekend, with better results. It seems like spring just doesn't want to come this year!

On another note, check out this link for a new data buoy for Lake Erie.  While it appears design for boating, I can see where the data could be useful to monitor water quality in the lake to see what is going on with the steelhead cast your vote!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Trout Tails - March 16, 2014

Last night was our (Doc Fritchey TU's) annual fundraising banquet.  As always, it was a great turnout, and it was great to see so many of our members and guests come to support what we do, cold water conservation, education, and outreach.  With the weather finally starting to break, I'm sure most of us have been out fishing, or are getting ready.  Don't forget to set some time aside to give back to the resource we all use.  I encourage everyone to not only join an organization like TU, but get involved!  While sending in your membership dues helps, we need to take an active roll in what these organizations hope to accomplish.  Show up for a work day, help with stream restoration work, participate in teaching children how to fish and about the resource we all love.   A special thanks to TCO flyshops, Fisknat Landing Nets, and the long list of sponsors and volunteers that that made last night's event a success!